Three Huge Mistakes Artists Make

Three Huge Mistakes Artists Make

In the beginning of my career as an artist, I remember a woman asking me what I do. I told her I was a painter. She asked, “You paint houses?” I kindly replied, “No, more like an artist.” She then asked, “What do you do for a living? I explained that I am an artist who makes revenue and a living from the art I create. She couldn’t believe it. She thought all artists were starving and that in order to make money from your art you have to be dead. It amazes me the perception our culture has of artists and creatives. This is one of the largest myths out there, and a lot of artists are buying into it. I plan on shedding some light on this subject; that it is possible to be a thriving artist, not a starving artist. Let’s look at three mistakes artists make and how to overcome in order to thrive.

Look at his or her life in one dimension- I’ve met thousands of talented artists who spend their precious time creating images that live in a singular view of their craft. They paint an original, and that’s it. They also leave hundreds of thousands, actually millions on the table because they live on a single branch of thinking.

The goal is the take a painting, a single asset, and deposit it into your online bank account (your website) and let it earn revenue for you long term over the course of your life.

If you spend the time banking and building a brand that owns the assets of your creativity, they can go to work for you while you sleep.

They don’t reproduce their artwork- One of the biggest misses I see with creatives such as artists, authors, models, and photographers is that they don’t publish their work. They miss the opportunity for a revenue increase by not reproducing their art on multiple products. I recently helped artists learn how to publish their art and add another four thousand a month of free money online through prints of their work. I will be offering this system online through a video course. Stay tuned. Click here to get on the waiting list.

The bi-product and blessing of putting your art to work for you is that it provides a stable income stream and allows you free time to create without pressure. It’s a fantastic cycle. After 30 years of doing this, I can tell you it’s changed our life and family. If something happens to me, my family is provided for.

Your time is your most valuable asset. How you spend your time is crucial. If I spent my life creating only originals, it would be the equivalent of an author writing books one-by-one and selling them.

They live on an island- I have seen more and more in the last 30 years those artists that hide everything they have and learned. They hide their techniques. They don’t share their discoveries and failures. They basically run life alone.

This way of living chokes a person’s life and keeps growth from happening. New creativity cannot be embraced because the artist is running damage control and living in fear. It’s a life of being reactive, not proactive.

The most abundant life as a creative isn’t ran alone. Collaboration breeds new opportunities. Your gift helps others grow, and your life isn’t about you. As an ambassador of beauty, our job isn’t to create for self’s sake. It’s to live as an act of worship back to God who entrusted us with the gift and to be a blessing to others and the world.

Yes, it is possible to do what you love most, making the most money possible while impacting the world. It just takes getting off the island and looking through a different set of lenses.

What mistakes do you think artists make that keeps them starving rather than thriving? Please leave a comment below and feel free to share with your friends. I’m glad you’re here!

10 thoughts on “Three Huge Mistakes Artists Make

  1. Kellie Boda says:

    I think a big one that keeps an artist starving is WHY they won’t reproduce…fear. Like you’ve spoken on so much, fear holds us back from flat out LIFE. I can admit it’s kept me from doing a lot. Even the mere idea that a photograph of mine or drawing was worth “reproducing” more then the original even made me laugh and think “No way! Who would buy this?” If it weren’t for your teaching the “HOW TO” reproduce and even more important, “WHY” we should, I would forever be sitting on a hard drive full of useless images and a garage full of banners and drawings. Not much of an impact being made in the world in my garage and it certainly isn’t using the gifts and talents He has given me to their fullest. I’m gonna change that!

  2. A big one for me is walking the fine line of true confidence. On one hand it's easy to get a big head and get egotistical when my art gets really "good" but on the other hand it's also easy to give into having false humility. Never really recieving any ho says:

    A big one for me is walking the fine line of true confidence. On one hand it’s easy to get a big head and get egotistical when my art gets really “good” but on the other hand it’s also easy to give into having false humility. Never really receiving any hope.

  3. Doug says:

    Noah, WOW! Did you write this blog about me? lol Sure sounds like it! Anyhow after seeing and talking to you the past year you really made me think….and I know you are watching to see what I’m up too . I have taken what you have told me and I am going a

  4. Judie Champlin says:

    Being alone doing art seems to hinder my enthusiasium for goind forward in exposure, to make money. I teach art at 2 Sr. Centers sharing my unusual techniques & mediums. The students always thank me for how happy they feel doing the art & in sharing my talents with them. I still need companionship-emotional support while alone in my studio.
    I lost everything I owned in a Tornado-Hurricane, home, art etc. Staring over in my late 60’s-70 takes a lot of emotional creativity away from me. I took the “Lemon & made lemonade,” but how do I over come this emptyness I feel so I may do what I know has to be done? My loss has effected my income as well. Thanks fellow artist friends?
    Judie 716-633-4008

  5. Meg Billy says:

    Hi Noah!

    What a great read. I was one of these “doubters” myself. I allowed fear to stop myself from creating and even making an attempt at putting my work out there. I was too afraid of what other creatives would think and most of all… failing. Little did I know that failing is the gateway to success! I am in a much better mindset now and I think that I am finally on the road to being true to myself as an artist! No more island life for me!

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